I have attached the obituary for longtime friend and supporter of
Agricultural Education Mr. Wallace Beggs. I know the announcement has
already been sent out but I thought some of you who knew him may want more
information about his passing.

In Memory of
Wallace Alfred
Obituary for Wallace Beggs
Wallace Alfred Beggs, 87, a longtime residence of Clarkesville, GA, passed
away peacefully on Thursday, December 17, 2015. He was born on November 11,
1928, the oldest son of Cleo and Helen Beggs and is survived by three
children, son and daughter-in-law Tom and Beth Beggs of Indianola, Iowa;
daughter and son-in-law Vicki Beggs and Terry Sims of Westwood,
Massachusetts, and son and daughter-in-law, Ricky and Vicki Beggs of
Hayesville, NC. There are seven grandchildren and one great grandchild;
Royce Beggs of Clarkesville, Georgia; Dora Beggs of London, England; Sarah
Beggs of New York, New York; Matt Sims and wife Zalelem of Adidas Ababa,
Ethiopia; Nick Sims and fiancé Becca Rossi of Boston, Massachusetts; Will
Beggs of Longmont, Colorado; Jake Beggs of Hayesville, North Carolina; and
Great Granddaughter Zema Sims of Adidas Ababa, Ethiopia. He is also
survived by a sister, June Briney of Austin, Texas.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 67 years, Evelyn
Thomas Beggs, an infant daughter, and two brothers, Gene Beggs and Daniel

Wallace Beggs had resided at the Oaks Assistant Living in Baldwin since the
passing of his wife almost two years ago on December 23, 2013. He grew up
in Lavonia and in Franklin County, Georgia. His love of farming, cattle and
agriculture became his career. After graduating from the University of
Georgia in 1947, he married Evelyn and they moved to Cumming where he
taught agriculture in Forsyth County, Georgia for one year before moving to
Clarkesville and teaching one year there. Lee and Tom Arrendale recognized
his talents and passion and hired him to manage their poultry and cattle
operations. He spent over 40 years managing their hatchery, breeder and hen
operations, as well as their cattle farm, turkeys and even looking after
their buffalo herd in Alto. He finished his career building and managing
the Fieldale's Direct Feed Mill in Baldwin.

His knowledge of the poultry industry took him to Guatemala with the
challenge to help improve the hatchery and poultry operations for a
division of Ralston Purina in the 1960s. In the 1980s he went to Portugal
and Malaysia to consult about feed mills. After retirement he was in steady
demand in consulting capacities within the feed mill industry, including
locations in China.

Wallace and Evelyn loved to travel throughout the United States and foreign
countries, not by air, but in various campers and motor homes in order “to
see everything” and to experience the people and our country’s history.
They were able to enjoy the beauty and vast spaces of Alaska on three
occasions, Central America and parts of Canada, as well as Europe and

A real labor of love and beauty was his expansive rose garden. He was a
rosarian and a member of the Gwinnett Rose Society and the Northeast
Georgia Rose Society. He and Evelyn graciously had a “rose ministry”
through sharing tin cans of cut roses with many in the community who were
unable to get out of their homes. He also shared the continuation of his
beautiful rose garden by giving more than seventy bushes to members of the
Northeast Georgia and Gwinnett Rose Society clubs in December 2014.

His love of agriculture included maintaining a quality Angus breeding
operation as well as a large home garden. Another point of pride was his
support of the Future Farmers of America, not only locally, but also
Georgia and nationally. He was honored with the highest National FFA award,
the Honorary American Farmer Degree. He served as a director of the FFA
alumni association in the north region of Georgia and was beloved by the
Habersham Central High School FFA students and teachers for his
volunteering and support.

Wallace also volunteered for his alma mater, the University of Georgia. He
served the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences Alumni
Association as Treasurer in 1983-84, Secretary in 1984-86, 2nd Vice
President in 1985-86, 1st Vice President in 86-87, and President in Oct.
1987 – 88. In 1988 he was
recognized by election to AgHon, the UGA College of Agriculture honor
society. He was a founding member of the UGA Eterna Club and an Eterna
Trust Advisor for 20 years. He was also a President's Club Founding Member.

In 1991, he was given the Lee Arrendale Fellow Award by Rotary
International for his achievements in agriculture. During Farm City Week in
2005, Wallace was inducted into the Habersham County Agriculture Hall of
Fame. In 2009 he was elected to the Georgia Agriculture Hall of Fame at the
University of Georgia.

He was a director at Habersham EMC for 27 years and until his death served
as Director Emeritus. He was a dedicated member of Clarkesville Baptist
Church and was a member of the Gideons International.

Another sign of his love to provide opportunities for the youth of the
community was through his support of the Habersham Christian Learning
Center. He oversaw the design, plans and construction of the initial
facilities building, and was credited with acquiring many materials at
reduced costs and especially through donations. He was a recipient of the
Pioneer Award from HCLC and served on the board of directors for many years.

Wallace will be missed by his many friends and family.

The family would like to express special thanks to the many caregivers over
the years. Including Jane Pilcher, the whole staff at the Oaks Assisted
Living, Terri Tucker and the Amedysis Hospice team. Kay McGinn, Andrelle
Cantrell, Angelica Norman and Summer McCall.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Clarkesville Baptist
Church Doctors Building Fund or the Habersham Central High School FFA.
A memorial service will be held at Clarkesville Baptist Church on Monday,
December 21, 2015, at 11:00am with private family interment for both
Wallace and Evelyn to follow at the Martin Baptist Church Cemetery in
Martin, Georgia. Visitation will be held at the church an hour prior to the
service, from 10:00 to 11:00am.

Lord and Stephens Funeral Home, East in charge of arrangement.

Stan Mitchell
North Region Director
Agricultural Education
204 Four Towers
University of Georgia
Athens, Ga. 30602
Office 706-552-4468
Cell 706-338-7230
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